History Meets the 21st Century in Downtown Cleveland's Historic Gateway Community

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

Cleveland's Arcade In Her Victorian Brass SplendorCleveland is divided up into approximately 36 neighborhoods and I think most are aligned with their own community development corporation (CDC). Last time I explored Detroit Shoreway;  now we head Downtown to Historic Gateway.  This is one of my favorite areas. The variety of things to do will blow your mind!!! And like the National statistics, more people are moving into downtown areas to take advantage of car-free, transit oriented development (TOD) living, and all the amenities surrounding the housing.

Did you know that one of the first ever shopping malls is in this neighborhood? The Arcade is a magnificent beauty of scrolled ironwork and brass, nothing like our modern day malls, no offense to anyone who is enamored with modern indoor malls. (The photo leading into this post is an interior Arcade shot I took last weekend.) This one was built in 1890. I remember being a kid and walking around wide-eyed and in awe of all the artistry that went into this place. Now, for better or worse, it is owned by the Hyatt Regency.  I will say they spent a good deal of money refurbishing all that glorious scroll work. Back in the day when so many of the famous industrialists lived and ran their companies from Cleveland, they would spend their money on other amenities as well. John D Rockefeller and others were involved in putting up the money for The Arcade.

I bet you wouldn't expect a Baseball History Museum here? Yep! 2042 East Fourth Street. Call 216-621-3524 for details.  And yes, Jacobs Field, er, Progressive Field (don't you love how the names keep changing) and The Cleveland Indians are at home here too. And of course The Gund, er, Quicken Loans Arena(I swear I can't keep up with the name changes)?  Anyway, whatever you call it, you can watch LBJ (LeBron to the rest of you) and the Cavs there, as well as awesome concerts. In fact, Nine Inch Nails (NIN) is coming on August 22nd so you know where I may be :-)

The Historic Gateway District is also home to a tradition NE Ohioans hold dear. The right to free speech and the gathering of knowledge. Exemplified by The City Club, As they say on their website:

"...Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, The City Club is the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion...."

They have been holding meetings since 1912 and I used to listen to them whenever I could when I lived in the DC area; the weekly luncheons are covered all over the Country. The speakers? OMG. How about Franklin Roosevelt, Desmond Tutu and WEB DuBois for starters? Here is a list of upcoming City Club Speakers from their website.

Shops galore! And not your run of the mill chains! I bought a straw baseball cap from Mike The Hatter after my open house at Pointe at Gateway last weekend. They've been in operation a lot longer, but at their Prospect Ave. location for 35 years.  Awesome staff and awesome hats. And coincidentally, an article in a blog on our local WKYC website shows how there is a 21st Century spin as well. Have you ever thought of shopping and enjoying a few libations at the same time? No not for food, but for clothes? You can here! The M Lang clothing store now has a full service bar and yes a liquor license.  M Lang can be found at 1801 East 12th Street.  Check it out :-)

Historic Gateway Home To Pointe at Gateway and The Winking LizardHow fabulous would it be to live here and enjoy all I've mentioned and more?Just for starters, check out Pointe at Gateway (PAG) -see how fabulous a location you will have if you live there. 750 Prospect (see the street-scape with the Winking Lizard, PAG's entrance awning is just beyond that). You could get a condo for around $159k, a penthouse for a bit more (with a deck and a view and you might just set up a grill and never leave ).  The developer is offering an extra year of tax abatement on him and is applying for more through the City. He is also offering a year's free parking in the garage across the street. Check out my website for more details about The Pointe, call me if you have any questions or would like to see it. 

It took me exactly three minutes to walk from Pointe at Gateway to the East Fourth Street excitement. The photo at the right shows some of the places, like the high tech Corner Alley bowling alley, but you can get everything from Vietnamese food, The House of Blues,  to our own Iron Chef Michael Symon's  Lola's  (and be sure to check out Michael's blog, appropriately named Symon Says).East Fourth Street in Historic Gateway East Fourth is home to entertainment, but also to apartments, in fact most of the shops and restaurants have apartments above them. The street has been blocked off to auto traffic and as you can see from the photo, it would be easy to spend a lot of time there! If you are looking to rent and not buy but want to live in the area, check out the street and get the uh, word on the street (!!!) about what might be available.  You can also tell from the photo I shot this weekend that the streetscaping included some gorgeous flowers.  I hope you have enjoyed the tour! No matter what you like to do, I think it's probably available in Historic Gateway.  Peace Out 3C

 Links I did not list above:

 The Corner Alley

The Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Cavaliers

The East Fourth Street Neighborhood Site

The House of Blues

Mike The Hatter

Michael Symon's New Food Network Show Dinner Impossible

 

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Carole - this is a terrific Localism post and should be featured. What a wealth of information. The photo of the historic mall is very cool - reminds me of a place back in Philadelphia where I grew up. Outstanding job - you make it sound so appealing, and you feel like you are right there.

Jeff

Jul 31, 2008 10:57 PM #1
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Carole Cohen
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Jeff you certainly do the same thing for your communities and thank you. You probably notice the same thing, but when I was doing this post and visited a few websites I had not explored previously, I discovered that baseball museum. That seems to happen each time I do this. It's the sign of a good neighborhood when you can always discover something new, even when you think you are familiar with a place!

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Carole:  What a great post.  You surely are the Neighborhood Expert for Cleveland.  I remember shopping at the "Old Arcade" when I lived in Cleveland... long long ago.  I also lived in the Washington DC area from 87 to 93... and one of my favorite malls was one called Pentagon City.  It was several tiers in height... one long corridor... with a Nordies at one end, and a super Macy's at the other end.

When reading your post just now... it hit me how similar the Pentagon City mall was/is to the Old Arcade.  I just never made that connection before.  What an absolutely great post.. thanks so much for sharing...

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Carole... quickie Cavs question.  When I last lived in Cleveland, the Cavs played their games in the Richfield Coliseum... way down south.  What happened with that monstrous building since the Cavs moved back to downtown Cleveland.  The Richfield Coliseum, at least way back then, really was out in the middle of nowhere... in a cornfield.  What a waste of money... back then.

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Very nice post for Localism.  I need to do the same.  Thanks for the nudge.

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Karen Anne: Your pt about Pentagon City is well taken; I think you are correct about the style; the difference is the size of the stores that fill it; The Arcade housed offices on upper levels and really only had (I think) two levels of shops and restaurants on the lower levels. And the newstand.  I loved the kiosk style newstand at one of the entrances; it was always fun to grab papers from other cities and find out what their lives were like. I did not know you also lived in the DC area.  Very cool!

And the last I remember the Richfield Colliseum was going to be torn down and was surely not in use. What a debacle that was.

Linda: ty Ms Ledyard! :-)

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Carol this sounds like a place that I would have to keep my wife away from, too many temptations for her ......... LOL

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Very interesting.  The photos make one want to walk along the street or stop for a snack at the food mall. 

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George: are you worried she would buy a lot of hats???? lolol  George you could just explore the baseball museum and give her a credit card :-)

Lenn: Of course everything is beautiful in summer but there really is a good energy here. You know what place I love in your area? Adams Morgan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Carol, that does not seem like a fair exchange to me, "Credit Card" for "Baseball Museum" ......... LOL

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Hi Joel, I'm glad you have been able to see the Arcade up close and personal, it really is beautiful. There is a lot about Minnesoat (St Paul specifically) that reminds me of Cleveland. First off the fabulous iron bridges.  And certainly the brasswork on some of your Downtown bldgs is quite spectacular.

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